Do you live or work in Romsey or Lancefield? Are you interested in helping design how mental health and wellbeing is supported in your community? Are you ready to take part in a new local strategy in partnership with Swinburne University and Cobaw Community Health?

Cobaw Community Health and Swinburne University would like to partner with the Romsey and Lancefield communities to identify and implement actions to improve local mental health and wellbeing. There are many community level improvements that can be made to prevent issues like anxiety, depression and isolation.

Finding the right activities for the local area can best be done by involving people that live, work, volunteer and care for others in their own community. Interested members of the community are being invited to take part in four action planning workshops, the first of which will take place locally in April 2019. These workshops will provide an opportunity to hear about what is already being done in the area to support mental health and wellbeing, and will explore new community ideas and opportunities.

The workshops will be followed by three community events to share the results of the project which will run over the next two years. The project is also being conducted in Kilmore and Heathcote and there will be the opportunity to share ideas across the three locality based groups.

“We would love to hear from residents of Romsey and Lancefield as well as representatives of local community groups and businesses,” says Tim Adam, Manager Community Wellbeing at Cobaw. “Whether you are interested in participating in the workshops and development of the action plan, or would just like to be kept informed about the project, we encourage you to get in touch.”

This work is a part of Cobaw’s increasing presence in the Romsey and Lancefield communities with the new Romsey office that has given Cobaw an operating base in the east of the Shire.

Julie Cairns, General Manager Community Services, welcomes interest from anyone in the community and encourages everyone to contribute, ‘We are excited to have Swinburne University collaborating with Cobaw and local communities.’

Expressions of interest are being taken via Survey Monkey by using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RomseyLancefieldCommunityWellbeingEOI